Police – Life after the Police

Life after the police

police man with text saying "Life after the police"

Worried about life after Law Enforcement? It may seem scary leaving the police. There are many opportunities out there for people with the skillset of a police officer.
Retirement should be an exciting time in your life. It’s a time to think about the future and what it holds for you. It’s not scary..

What jobs can ex police officers do?

The possibilities are endless with jobs for retired police officers. The transferrable skills that you gain within your police careers are sometimes overlooked. Roles within law enforcement are transferable not only to civilian investigator roles. Roles are available in the private sector, and niche sectors such as cyber security. It’s about asking yourself “What do I want to do with life after leaving the police?”

Have you thought about your CV? You’ve been in the force so long that you haven’t needed one? This is something we hear a-lot, and that’s ok. We have put together a CV template to start you off. You can find it HERE. We can offer you guidance on your CV. You can forward it on to info@peelsolutions.co.uk. This is a no strings attached agreement. It’s a resource we offer to give back to such a valuable sector of our community.

Some don’t like to shout their achievements from the rooftop, but your CV is a place where you need to point these out. Skills that you may think come as standard in the force, are not known to everyone. People outside of the police that may not know what skills come with being in the force. You need to sell yourself. You have to be your own number 1 fan, even if this is out of character for you. Look at your skills and achievements and think of how they would translate in the civilian world.

If we could give you one top tip, it’s NETWORKING! Connect with people on LinkedIn. Go to the pre-retirement seminars and police focused expo’s in your area. Chat with retired officers and find out about their experience and the routes they took. Join Facebook groups and talk to old colleagues. It’s good to talk to those who have been in your situation and have experienced life after retirement.

Our director, Andy Smith holds breakfast/lunch workshops for retired officers. Andy will guide you through the retirement process and answer any questions you may have. Andy is a former Detective Superintendent. He served with Cheshire Constabulary for over 25 years.

Andy attends pre-retirement seminars to talk about roles available and offer CV guidance. All forces offer a ‘retirement’ seminar, although their layout/schedules may differ. The seminars offer advice on several things you may encounter after leaving. Sometimes police retirement seminars can be 1-2 years before you’re due to retire. This gives you plenty of time to prepare yourself. Want to know more about attending one of Andy’s breakfast/dinner workshops? or attending a seminar that he will be at? email us info@peelsolutions.co.uk.

The earlier you begin thinking about what you want to do with the next chapter of your life, the better. You can then plan out how you will tackle this,
Do you need training?
Have you spoken to people in similar positions?
Have you found out what the role entails?

Be prepared for your future and it won’t scare you. This will ensure that you can breeze into retirement with no worries about the future.

Peel Solutions are a Law Enforcement training and recruiting agency covering the UK. We offer training such as Train a trainer, Modern Slavery, CPIA (Disclosure) and much more. We have a whole variety of job vacancies and we are very candidate focused. Your needs come first. We will always be honest, efficient and do our best to find a role that best suits you.

If you would like help finding a role upload your CV here, or email it over to info@peelsolutions.co.uk. You can also email/call (01925 377 878) us if you would like general advice about retirement/life after the force.

We wish you the best of luck on your journey, although it may seem daunting to begin with you will tackle it, no doubt.

You can find our ex police jobs here.